Invasion Wreck Chords gives us this Belorussian trio's collection of tracks for a DTRASH release - A21's industrial deathclub rhythms which patrol with distortion guitars, sharped tongue Russian vox of Natalia and Alexey, propelled forth with stomps and hard techno beats with a big sound! Rock!
"Hailing from Belorussia, Ambassador 21 are the latest addition to the ever-expanding DTRASH roster. Formed in the summer of 2001, they quickly established a name for themselves through radio play and their debut album “People Vs. Ambassador 21” sold out almost immediately. To show us why, DTRASH have released “Ambassador 21 Vs. The World” a compilation CD of their best material from their previous releases along side some new material.
From the opening of Not Thinking Frogs it should be immediately obvious why Ambassador 21 gained such notoriety, as the track erupts with a mushroom cloud of nu-metal guitars, rumbling, crunching electronics, distorted vocals and infernal choral loops. It should sound like Digital Hardcore, but it manages to escape the clichés and posturing, instead it embraces real punk ethics and aesthetics, giving it a much more raw and dirty edge. Still, though, it is the omnipresent kick-drum that drives the music with intense 200bpm rhythms, often being reduced to sheer texture by the speed and distortion; it sounds like rapid machine gun fire and is just as frightening.
Occasionally, though, on tracks such as Little Freedom and Cheerfully, Merrily and Impudent, they embrace more digestible structures with mid-paced 4/4 beats and more groove-oriented guitar work. These work well, so as to introduce some dynamics into the album, but it is when they are in full-on, pounding and hard-riffing mode that Ambassador 21 truly show their colours. Aside from the majestic opener, tracks such as F#$@ All Systems and Cuznitsa, although the stand-out track of the whole album must be Skyphes with its sampling of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, coupled with thundering percussion, discordant guitars and the dual vocal assault of A21’s Natalia and Alexy whose European accent, with its trilling glottals and rasping vowels, lends an almost sexy edge to the music."